As countries gradually ease their strict lockdown measures, people are gearing up to travel, at least by car, putting an end to the fatigue after months of isolation. Traveling in a post-COVID world is not going to be the same and border management authorities are setting new safety rules and restrictions. That’s why you need a few car essentials in place before you go on the road.
No matter what safety measures come in place, as good citizens, it’s everyone’s responsibility to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus and remain safe the next time you are on a road trip.
Make sure to have these 5 car essentials on hand
1. Face Masks
Face masks are perhaps the most crucial item you can use to resist the spread of the deadly COVID-19. You can purchase various sorts of masks starting from N95, surgical face masks, to KN95 respirator masks. You can also stitch your cloth face mask with multiple fabric layers at home. Before you put on the mask, it is essential to know how to use a mask safely.
A mask itself may not be enough to stop you from getting affected by the virus. However, it has a tremendous cumulative impact in minimizing the spread of the virus, especially when all potential spreaders use a face mask.
2. Disinfecting Wipes and Spray
We have many asymptomatic COVID-19 patients who can unknowingly spread the virus by coughing, exhaling, and letting infected droplets land on things and surfaces around them. The time the coronavirus can survive on different surfaces ranges from two hours to seven days. Therefore, it is important to disinfect all the surfaces that you and your family members may touch.
Carry a pack of disinfecting wipes and wipe down all the surfaces you need to touch. When you are in the car, shift all your luggage on the kayak roof rack and clean the interiors with sprays.
When you move into your hotel, don’t depend on the hotel’s cleaning arrangements and disinfect your room with these wipes.
3. Hand Sanitizer
Since your hands will come in touch with most of the surfaces when you travel, frequent washing of your hands is an effective way to keep yourself safe from the virus. Hand sanitizers are affordable, easily portable, and don’t require water to wash your hands.
CDC suggests obtaining hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol content. Before you buy hand sanitizers, check the accreditations of the product. Avoid hand sanitizers containing methanol, which has been labeled as a toxic element when absorbed through the skin.
Dry cough, fever, chills, and a sore throat are some significant symptoms of COVID-19. When you travel, it is essential to have an eye for these symptoms in any of your fellow passengers.
According to reports, almost 98% of hospitalized COVID-19 patients suffered from a fever. Therefore, keeping a tap on body temperatures is one of the ways to safeguard your health.
Carry a thermometer in your car and check the temperatures of all the passengers on a daily basis. Infrared thermometers let you measure the temperature from a distance. If you use mercury ones, have separate thermometers for each person.
Tissues are essential items to have in your car when you travel. You can use them to cough or sneeze into. You may also utilize them to hold and pick things that you won’t like to touch during this dreaded pandemic, such as currencies received from random people, TV remotes in hotels, and even boarding passes.
When you use tissues, remember to dispose of them safely so that others do not touch them. After you use a tissue to sneeze or cough, you still need to wash your hands with soap water or hand sanitizer. Carry separate packs of tissues for each of your family members so that they can use it instantly when they sneeze or cough.
Do you have the car essentials you need for your next road trip? Or, do you have any other suggestions you think we need to travel either during or post-pandemic? Please leave a comment below.